Traveling to Champasak, Laos right now to experience the similar sensation.
A trip to Champasak
I travel to Laos many times but this is the first time to Champasak, the capital of southern Laos.
Just past the Cambodian border, we arrive at Khone Phapheng, the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia, connecting the two banks of the Mekong River to the two provinces of Champasak and Stung Treng of Cambodia. Flowing water, white foam, erupting from the top down. On the shore are vast forests. And Champasak has so many majestic waterfalls.
The next day, we also witnessed Tad Yuang, although not as large as Khone Phapheng but the landscape is equally beautiful.
In the early morning, I rented a motorbike to go around the city. There is no taxi. Apart from renting motorbikes, there are only motorbikes and tuk-tuk. Price pretty soft, 30,000 kips (about 80,000 VND) for over an hour just run, just stop for me to take pictures. On the streets of Pakse, there are many flowers blooming in the sun like golden scorpions, white porcelain, red porcelain, phoenixes … The days in Champasak, I live in Pakse, which means “estuary city” in the encircling of the two rivers of Se Pen and Mekong.
I visited a temple, opposite the Vietnamese Association in Champasak. The pagoda has a curved roof, golden luminescence. Most of the Lao people are Buddhists and when cremated they are usually cremated and the ashes are placed in small towers, placed around the temple.
In Pakse, very few tall buildings. People pick up the pickup truck and the country is still “civilized car”.
Going to Pakse market, the market was built by Dao Huong, a successful Overseas Vietnamese businessman, and locals called Dao Huong Market. Choi Khang page, there are enough items, divided into zones and special, small traders mostly Vietnamese.
In the market, the goods are mainly originated from Thailand and Vietnam. Talking to me, Ms. Be (the intimate name of Buan Heuang), daughter of Ms. Dao Huong, who runs the hundred-million-dollar Dao Heuang Group in Laos since 2006, is preparing to build and raise the market level. Rental rates here on average over $ 100 per month. I bought dried beef, sausage, and cotton as a gift.
Tourism Laos, came to Champasak, must visit Wat Phou, the temple was listed on UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 2001.
Built in the ninth and thirteenth centuries, Wat Phou was one of the most sacred temples of the Khmer dynasty, before the Khmers moved south to build Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Wat Phu population is divided into three levels, leaning on the mountain Elephant up on the flat land. Two relics of the lower and peripheral areas have been devastated time, only the central still retain the most obvious.
Champasak has the potential to develop tourism. During this trip, we had breakfast in Binh Duong, Vietnam; Lunch at Kracheh, Cambodia, and dinner at Pakse, Laos. Thus, the construction of a “one-day meal” is perfectly feasible. Not to mention, Champasak borders Thailand so there will be more attractive options for visitors.
Besides Wat Phou, Khone Phapheng Falls, Siphadone – 4,000 islands on the Mekong River, Laos cuisine is diverse, delicious and clean.
Enjoy sitting on the Mekong River, sip Lao beers and enjoy grilled fish, steamed fish, fish salad, barbecue, dry beef with white rice.
We have exchanged with young entrepreneurs in Champasak about the cooperation in tourism development. Although tourism infrastructure is limited, the tourism industry of Champasak is very potent.
I will soon return to this place with the travel companies in Vietnam that I believe they care about the majestic land and hidden beauty this!
Champasak (or Champassak, Champasack – Lao: ຈຳປາສັກ [càmpàːsák]) is a province in southwestern Laos, near the borders with Thailand and Cambodia. It is one of the three principalities that succeeded the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang. As of the 2015 census, it had a population of 694,023. The capital is Pakse, but it takes its name from Champasak, the former capital of the Kingdom of Champasak.
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